Monday, April 23, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
impact when he first burst into the scene, a vintage player with a unique looking, embossed retro card from the 1990s. issues, I have to give him his due.
With brutish strength to hit the ball 500 feet - he always looks like someone ran over his dog or something.
Lyle, except I needed him for my award winners collection, but he was a do it all reliever who collected 238 saves in his playing career.
talking Rivera's head off about how he was the more valuable late inning reliever.
Friday, April 13, 2018
It's pretty special to see Ohtani living up to the hype, rather than falling flat on his face and I'm just enjoying the ride as generally a fan of his MLB team - I think I tend to think about 'the next' [once in a generation talent to emerge] if the current best player in the planet has gotten too big time [like a music band that explodes through mainstream consciousness and is viewed as having sold out in a sense].
Over the last 15-20 years, maybe Albert Pujols was considered best player, then Bryce Harper was supposed to be the guy, then Mike Trout has been the guy for the last 6 years - point is someone like Ohtani is out there as someone with a chance to be a unique talent on their own to fawn over and speculate about as a new favorite.
Ohtani has gotten through his first couple of weeks in Major League Baseball with flying colors, but it's still two starts on the mound and a 26 at-bats as a batter - I want to still see how far he'll go and maybe there is a fear that he might be overused and gassed as the season wears on.
As far as collecting Ohtani cards, I don't know if I'm going to keep up with the Topps Now business past April - however as long as Ohtani is providing highlights, there is something about having an opportunity to grab new and unique MLB licensed Ohtani cards to feed the beast with chasing unopened products, looking for miscellaneous Ohtani cards.
There will probably be a number of pack pulled [likely non auto'd parallels] Ohtani cards I'd like to pick up in his rookie year - but without thinking too much about it, the Topps Now cards should continue to be no brainer purchases.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Wilson may have starred for the Houston Astros, compiling a 104-92 won-loss record in 9 seasons with the team - but due to a fatal accident in his car, he never did build on the promise he had shown at various points of his career.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
After finding out more about Moose through this Card Corner feature on the Baseball Hall of Fame Website, I decided to add his card to my beyond the glory mini-collection - there is kind of a cross over with my infamous mini-collection but my beyond the glory mini-collection is more inspired by professional athletes who may have had a narrative attached to their playing careers besides just making some mistakes and getting in the news for it.
A card of notable professional athlete who prematurely loses their life is added into this collection - maybe someone who passes while still being an active player or someone who passes in a somewhat of an odd set of circumstances.
I learned Moose threw the wild pitch that led to the series ending run in the 1972 National League Championship Series - a successful MLB pitcher otherwise, he passed away at 29 due to a car accident.
Monday, April 09, 2018
I liked how the card popped, so off to COMC I went, where I didn't want to pick up the same card the collector did - but for a dollar, I was able to add a card from the set, featuring a regional favorite.
Friday, April 06, 2018
I like the variations because they give me something extra to look for - though from my understanding, they aren't that much harder to pull than any other cards.
#139 Orlando Arcia
#70 Jean Segura
#99 Michael Brantley
#220 Leaders in L.A. - feat. Kershaw / Seager
#127 Yu Darvish
#95 Odubel Herrera
#121 Ryon Healy
#201 Rookie Stars - feat. Judge / Frazier
#56 Freddie Freeman
#102 Nelson Cruz
#129 Alex Wood
#72 Brian Dozier
#113 Madison Bumgarner
#205 K.C. Masterpiece - feat. Hosmer / Cain
#53 Zack Greinke
#81 Logan Morrison
#107 Jonathan Gray
#133 Dee Gordon
#75 Jake Arrieta
#21 Odubel Herrera - Stat Line serial #’d 238/344
#263 Matt Carpenter - Holo Green parallel
#154 Clayton Kershaw - Holo Green parallel
#242 Mike Trout - Holo Green parallel
#181 Chris Archer - Holo Green parallel
#254 Mickey Mantle - variation, wearing cap
#3 Evan Longoria
#17 Brian Dozier
#39 Ryan McMahon
#69 Jackie Bradley Jr. - variation, ‘JB’
#166 Jose Altuve - variation, ‘Tuve’
#15 Justin Bour
#37 Amed Rosario
#134 Marcell Ozuna
#197 Ryan Zimmerman
#179 Evan Longoria
#240 George Springer - 1984
#152 Jordan Montgomery
#261 Robinson Cano - 1984
#170 Kyle Seager
#141 Anthony Rizzo
#183 Kris Bryant
#245 Corey Seager - 1984
#158 Corey Seager
#191 Mookie Betts
#164 Dallas Keuchel
#247 Ryan Braun - 1984
#156 Miguel Cabrera
#265 Evan Longoria - 1984
#174 Felix Hernandez
#234 Francisco Lindor - 1984
#150 Gary Sanchez
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
I would assume, depending on how able they still are function - someone notable to still write to already their 70s, 80s or 90s, do have some help in answering mail.
After sending out to Erskine on January with a donation he generally requires - I was expecting about to see a response back in two or three weeks, but was worried when there was no response.
Erskine became a 'scratch the itch' guy for me because he has had a reputation for being a great TTM signer - I wanted to see if I could get ink on some loose cards I had of his.
However word got out through Facebook and the SCN message boards, that Erskine apparently had lost the ability to use his hands - which obviously prevented him from answering requests sent to him in the meantime.
According to the note that was posted, Erskine would wait a bit until things got better or he would mark the mail sent to him as return to senders - I was wondering if Erskine would be able to sign again and was relieved I saw a couple of successes within the past week or so.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
I was flipping through a stash of cards at my LCS and I found at least four guys who I assumed where born in different places other than the United States - I don't particularly know who they are, but I saw their cards as finds to help me work towards towards my goal of 100 old-school / vintage adds to my 25-30 mini-collections.
I want as many subjects represented from nations that have spawned professional baseball players - though I wonder if really care to have every player, past, present and future [do I have the resources to have and/or grab their cards]?
I'm probably never going to get everyone's card and it's not like I have a link to one particular nation - maybe it feels weird to be hunting for cards of guys whose language I do not speak, whose culture and life experiences differ from mine and at times seem really worlds apart besides me seeing them as professional baseball players.
As a baseball fan, I do realize players born in different nations continue to make a significant impact in pro baseball - in my own little way, I want to chronicle the contributions of players from all over the world, particularly players who have reached the big leagues to have a card made of them.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Stumbling upon Milner on the internets, I learned he testified about his drug use in the Pittsburgh drug trials of the mid 1980s - Milner also threw some shade at icon Willie Mays for having amphetamines ["red juice'] at his disposal.
I didn't know much about Milner, but after everything was said and done, maybe Milner was more of a sympathetic figure who just got up in the times - but I had to add his card to my rather dubious mini-collections.
However, pro athletes are my ‘celebrities’ to 'gossip about' and this mini-collection was probably inspired by Jim Rome’s radio show [from the early 1990s through early 2000s] - when he’d mock all sorts of pro athletes [he loved to ridicule and pick apart the black eyes] who messed up.
With Twitter and other social media, everyone has to insert themselves into someone’s controversy / drama and it’s kind of depressing reading all the instantaneous hot takes - it’s all overkill and it’s not shocking anymore when professional athletes are arrested, sharing pizza in a hotel room, caught for a DUI, shoplifting, blackballed for a number of things, et al.
Cards of presumed offenders will still be added, but there is the caveat that it’s all negative and while I don’t want to sugarcoat things - having a card for ‘ha, ha’ value doesn’t really put my collection in a positive light or make it particularly better [even if it’s all kind of superficial at best].
Thursday, March 29, 2018
If I was a set collector, team collector or player collector, I would want closure as far as knocking off specific cards from a set checklist in a given year - not something that is going to meander for years to come, without an apparent finish line to cross.
Go figure, it wasn't too hard of decision to pick up an Ohtani single for about $5 and I see this card as kind of a unique issue - at least something I can't pull out of a pack from a Target or card shop.
Besides his terrible spring outings as a hitter and a pitcher, I believe Ohtani's immense talent will play out - he collected his first big league hit on Opening Day and it would be nice if he does something with the bat in the next couple of games, then showcases his pitching talent on Sunday.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
1975 Topps Rookie Pitchers #615 - feat. Pat Darcy, Dennis Leonard, Tom Underwood and Hank Webb; this card will count as a bloodlines collection add with Webb being the father of big leaguer Ryan, but Underwood [R.I.P.] was also the brother of former MLB pitcher Pat and the father of one time Dodgers minor leaguer J.D. Underwood...this card could be a beyond the glory card for Darcy, who served up Carlton Fisk’s home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
Leonard had the most success out of the four guys on this card but after being a front line starter for the Kansas City Royals - a knee injury derailed the latter part of his career; I’d put him in the beyond the glory mini-collection, though I know I have a card of his somewhere, so this card wouldn't be a 2018 add for him.
2017 Panini Score football Kiko Alonso #6 - this is where I feel my mini-collections can get really esoteric at times.
I had a Bowman Draft card of one-time pro baseball player Carlos Alonso and I looked him up just to see if he was still playing - Carlos washed out after parts of 7 minor league seasons, but I saw he had a brother [Kiko] who plays in the NFL.
It wasn't a priority - but when I stumbled upon a random base card of Kiko, I had to pick it up so I had a card for each brother.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Obviously for the expansion teams that have sprung up since, including the Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays - will only have Topps cards starting from the teams' first seasons in Major League Baseball.
These collections can include cards of prominent stars, postseason heroes [if applicable], other players from championship teams - players who may have passed in more tragic situations than natural ones, long retired stars, etc.
Having these team boxes maybe a response to repack breaks over the years where rather than just putting all the crap I'm flipping through into my A-Z archives - I decided to put together a team collection of cards to see what I can come up with.
As is, I’m juggling multiple things, trying to push multiple buttons as a process to cobble together up random cards and to put them into specialized themes - these projects keeps me involved in collecting in a fun, if simplistic sort of way.
This collection isn't meant to be comprehensive, but a collection of cards from schools I've heard about with good athletic programs - Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UCLA, USC, Stanford and Cal.